Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 16, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Citadel Theatre

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre) today announced funding for the Citadel Theatre.

Funding of $186,794 will allow the Citadel Theatre to update its sound and lighting equipment.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting performing arts venues that bring cultural experiences to Canadians," said Minister Verner. "Culture plays an important role in healthy communities, and we are proud to fund an organization that enriches the cultural life of Edmonton."

"The Citadel Theatre promotes and supports various kinds of performing arts in the city of Edmonton," said Mr. Hawn. "I am proud to be part of a Government that is committed to providing access to the arts for all Canadians and to fostering professional arts experiences for young audiences."

"The Citadel takes pride in the standard of work we present to our audiences and applauds the Department of Canadian Heritage's Cultural Spaces Canada program for enabling us to improve the visual and aural quality of our productions. Thank you to Minister Verner and our Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, Laurie Hawn, for this funding. It is greatly appreciated."

The Citadel Theatre is Edmonton's first professional theatre company and, since 1965, has been one of the pre-eminent regional theatre companies in Canada. For more than four decades, this organization has offered innovative programs to Canadians and provided practical resources for artists and teachers.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Cultural Spaces Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program supports cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts and that improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. Funding is also provided for the construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities, for the purchase of specialized equipment, and for feasibility studies and projects to transform buildings into arts or heritage facilities.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage, Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations